The approach of the human Spirit to its Source, to that spiritual Centre where divinity rules and to those Who guide and direct that approach allows for an ever increasing understanding of God Transcendent and an ever closer relationship between God Immanent and God Transcendent.
The Eastern faiths have ever emphasized God Immanent, deep within the human heart, "nearer than hands and feet," the Self, the One, the Atma, smaller than the small, yet all-comprehensive. The Western faiths have presented God Transcendent, outside His universe, an Onlooker—fierce and demanding and later as benevolent, unconditionally loving and all-compassionate.
Over time, our understanding of the relationship between God Transcendent and God Immanent has evolved; however, we are not yet able to fully appreciate the synthetic relationship existing between these two realities, which was first described by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita when he proclaimed, "Having pervaded this whole Universe with a fragment of Myself, I remain." God greater than the created whole, yet God present also in the minutest part.2
It is in this dawning Age of Aquarius, that this synthetic relationship will blossom, enlightening humanity and transforming the planetary life.
Belief in the Soul has become widespread during the last two thousand years, stated the Tibetan Master, and he then affirms, knowledge of the Soul is the promise of the Aquarian Age. The soul, macrocosmic and microcosmic, universal and human—the mediator, the middle principle, the link between God and His form—the attractive force which, when functioning, holds all forms together so that the life of God may manifest or express itself through them. The soul is the force of evolution itself and it is to this fact that St. Paul spoke, when he declared, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27)
It is the soul, which manifests as conscious response to matter, bringing about interplay of the pairs of opposites, spirit and matter and their effect upon each other. It is therefore the soul, which is the basis of consciousness--the conscious factor in all forms, the source of awareness; created by the union of spirit and matter, it is the soul which feels, registers awareness, attracts and repels, responds or denies response and keeps all forms in a constant condition of vibratory activity. As the basis of consciousness, it is the perceiving entity which makes the human being aware of his/her environment and his/her group; which enables one to live his/her life as the onlooker, the perceiver, the actor "as the Compassionate Observer. It is this soul which will enable the individual to eventually discover that this indwelling soul is dual, initially allowing response to the animal soul and eventually to the divine soul. And, it is this Soul that eventually will reveal Christ consciousness.
The Christ consciousness, the indwelling divinity within each human being is revealed by the principle of Buddhi" that higher plane of mind that can only become related to the lower planes as these are purified and become free from that which obstructs awareness of this inner reality.
We are told in the New Testament that we must endeavour to let the mind which was in Christ also be manifest within us. Indeed, it is the task of the pledged disciples of the world to develop "the mind that is in Christ." This unfoldment of light and consciousness is the work of the Aquarian Age. The development of the Christ consciousness will bring in the rule or law of Christ, which is the manifestation of Love. As this comes to fruition, so will we experience the expression of Aquarian brotherhood on our planet.
The mind of Christ conveys the concept of the rule of divine intelligent love, which stimulates the rule of the soul within all forms. It involves the recognition by people everywhere that the "mind-stuff," as the Hindus call it, to which their own minds are related and of which their mental bodies are an integral part, is also part of the mind of Christ, the cosmic Christ, of Whom the historical Christ is—upon our planet—the ordained representative. When individuals, through meditation and group service, have developed an awareness of their own controlled and illumined minds, they will find themselves initiated into a consciousness of true being and into a state of knowledge which will prove to them the fact of the soul, beyond all doubt or questioning. They will have recognized the Christ within "the hope of glory.3 "